A Few Lines To Beauty – Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis

Girls! 

You with the bobbed hair or Mary Pickford curls, 

Likewise you others 

Who still adopt the hair-dressing style, 

That makes the moderns smile. 

But was undoubtedly the dearest attribute of your mothers. 

And, by the by, 

You with the glad-eye – 

We’ve seen you in the street 

Looking particularly sweet. 

And we ask you 

Do you think that those girls in the city that is reputed to possess a harbor 

can overtask you? 

In the matter of looking nice – 

We do not seek to give advice; 

And, frankly, we don’t know. 

We have seen both types and so, 

Being diplomatic, 

We refrain from expressing an opinion that is too emphatic. 

We’ll leave it to the vote, 

Yet hasten to remark that we simply dote 

Upon the maiden who 

Is just like you, 

Fair reader! 

We seek not to assume the office or prerogative of a special pleader. 

And we own that this question of State Rights 

Gives us uneasy dreams o’ nights. 

Take no notice of those churls 

Who tell you that the Sydney girls 

Can put it all over you in regard to female beauty. 

My dears, you have a duty 

At any rate, 

Toward your State. 

Go in 

And Win! 

Among you are undoubtedly quite a number of perfect peaches 

And the sirens of the Sydney beaches 

May yet be proved to be not exactly the pick of the basket. 

Girls! 

With or without curls, 

The honor of your State and the noble men therein ask it. 

Here I conclude. 

And I trust that these few well-chosen remarks have not been in bad taste or 

over-rude.

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